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Hudson: The Story of a River
     

Hudson: The Story of a River

by Robert C Baron, Thomas Locker (Illustrator)
 

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In a series of lyrical paintings, Thomas Locker captures the majesty of the Hudson for readers, both young and young at heart.

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In a series of lyrical paintings, Thomas Locker captures the majesty of the Hudson for readers, both young and young at heart.

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Children's Literature
The river's story is told as if by Storm King Mountain, which overlooks its flow from northern New York State to the Atlantic Ocean. Native Americans moved up the river valley ten thousand years ago, living in harmony with nature. Henry Hudson sailed his ship up the river four hundred years ago, as European settlers began to arrive. Revolution brought a new republic. "The mountain and the river saw it all," is the repeated refrain, as is "We are all part of nature and nature is part of us." The story continues with the painters and writers inspired by the river as well as the commercial interests seeking to destroy the very sources of their inspiration. The efforts of groups supporting environmental concerns lead to the current improvements around the river, with hopes that we can "praise the glory of creation and work to preserve it for future generations." Locker's full-page naturalistic oil paintings tell the visual history from a hilltop perspective, with no close-ups. He uses color to convey emotions, with red skies evoking troubled times and blue to enhance the more hopeful aspects of the river's future. The book is like an art exhibition with elaborate labels, along with an environmental message strongly stated by the author. An extensive bibliography is included. 2004, Fulcrum Publishing, Ages 6 to 10.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-In the first title, luminescent paintings reminiscent of the Hudson River School illustrate this majestic river. Hoping that youngsters will grow up to become proactive in the unending battle to preserve what is beautiful and natural, Baron and Locker have combined a text that is too subtle with illustrations that are too static. Using language that is often too simplistic for the complicated ideas presented, the author guides readers through the natural history of the Hudson and its surrounding areas. From the era of Native American inhabitation through the effects of uncontrolled industry and pollution, Baron describes life along this important waterway. "We are all part of nature and nature is part of us" is the theme that runs throughout the earnest but spotty text. In Rachel Carson, Locker's lush and serene paintings illustrate a very cursory biography of a complex woman. A page of meaningful quotations by Carson is appended; many of them may not be understood by the intended audience. Although unfailingly lovely, these titles are marginal purchases.-Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555915124
Publisher:
Fulcrum Publishing
Publication date:
04/07/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Robert C. Baron, the founder and chairman of Fulcrum Publishing, is a historian, scientist, and the author of or contributor to 25 books, including Pioneers and Plodders: The American Entrepreneurial SpiritThomas Locker has illustrated more than 30 books, many of which he has written, including Skytree, Walking with Henry, John Muir, Hudson: The Story of a River, and Rembrandt and Titus. His books have received many awards, including the Christopher Award, the Knickerbocker Lifetime Achievement Award, the John Burroughs Award, and The New York Times Award for best illustration.

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